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Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored)


Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored), 1990. Oil stick and gesso on panel, 80 × 30 1/16 × 1 1/2 in. (203.2 × 76.4 × 3.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The Bohen Foundation in honor of Thomas N. Armstrong III  2001.275
Courtesy of the Artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles
To make this painting, Glenn Ligon borrowed a phrase—“I do not always feel colored "—from a 1928 essay called “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” by author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. In the essay, the writer says she did not see herself as black or different from other people until she was thirteen years old and was sent to school outside the African American community in Eaton, Florida where she grew up. Ligon is interested in exploring what it means to be an individual, and what it means to be part of a group.

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—Glenn Ligon

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